What we do

Tate Research Centre: Asia was established in 2012 following a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. By advancing the documentation, acquisition and display of modern and contemporary Asian art, the centre aims to both deepen awareness and understanding of Tate’s growing international collection and address the significant challenge that Asian art represents in the UK in terms of access, public understanding and critical interpretation.

The rigorous programme of research managed by Tate Research Centre: Asia is divided into three strands:

  • the dissemination of new research through seminars, symposia and publications
  • the promotion of scholarly exchange through the Visiting Fellowship programme and other developmental research opportunities
  • the development of partnerships with related institutions both in the UK and in Asia.


Tate Modern Conference

Gender in Chinese Contemporary Art

22 Feb 2018

This international symposium will explore the role that gender has played in the development of Chinese contemporary art

Past events

Reading & resources


Visiting Fellowships

The Visiting Fellowship programme at Tate Research Centre: Asia provides researchers the opportunity to develop their independent research whilst drawing on the wealth of resources available at Tate. In addition to furthering their own research, Visiting Fellows also make a valuable contribution to the centre’s own research programme by publishing their findings, conducting seminars and convening events.

The current Visiting Fellow is Michio Hayashi, who is carrying out research on the theme of “holes” in contemporary art, both on two-dimensional surfaces or three-dimensional masses.
With a PhD from Columbia University, Hayashi has been Professor at Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts since 2003 specialising in art history and visual culture. Publications include Painting Dies Twice, or Never, vol.1-7 (2003–9), Natsuyuki Nakanishi (2014), Tadaaki Kuwayama (2014), “Tracing the Graphic in Postwar Japanese Art,” Tokyo 19551970: A New Avant-Garde, exhibition catalogue, MoMA, New York (2013). He has also co-edited a volume of Japanese post-war art criticism, From Postwar to Postmodern: Art in Japan 19451989 (2012).

There are no current fellowships or other opportunities available.

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Past visiting fellows

Thomas Berghuis, Independent curator and art historian
Gayatri Sinha, Independent critic and curator

Yohko Watanabe, Professor and Curator, Keio University, Tokyo
Eva Bentcheva, independent curator and art historian

Jung-Ah Woo, Assistant Professor, Art History, Pohang University of Science and Technology
Wang Chunchen, Director, Central Fine Art Academy, Beijing

Joan Kee, Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Michigan
Martina Koppel-Yang, Independent art historian
Yuko Hasegawa, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Carol Yinghua Lu, independent art critic and curator

About us

Tate Research Centre: Asia is managed by Senior Research Curator Sook-Kyung Lee. Previously the Exhibition and Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool, Lee curated the Nam June Paik exhibition at Tate Liverpool in 2010–11 and is currently engaged in research on the rethinking of global modernisms with a focus on Asian art. Lee also served as the Commissioner and Curator of the Korean Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

Nada Raza is the centre’s Research Curator, with a particular focus on South Asian art. Previously the Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, Raza contributed to Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art in 2013 and Bhupen Khakhar in 2016, and curated the collection displays Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Zarina Hashmi and Sheela Gowda. Raza also curated a thematic exhibition for the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh in 2016 and was selected to be the curator of the Abraaj Prize Capital Art Prize 2014.

Contact us

Tate Research Centre: Asia
20 John Islip Street
London, SW1P 4RG
+44 (0)20 7821 2985

Chloe Julius, Research Coordinator

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Tate Research Centre: Asia has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.